More scandal porn

In a midnight post AlterNet staff writer Jan Frel called a video tape of defrocked lobbyist Jack Abramoff hugging the amazingly-still-a-congressman Tom DeLay, scandal porn. Man, I liked that.

So I'm stealing it to describe the story, echoing around the blogs, that it was Michael Scanlon's jilted lover Emily J. Miller who knocked the first few dominoes over in the Abramoff scandal by rolling over on Scanlon, Abramoff's associate.

Scanlon and Miller met as idealistic college grads in the Peace Corps; they collided while helping blind people cross the street. No, not really. They were actually a part of Tom DeLay's press team in the not so gay 90s. Scanlon was Miller's boss.

Following their secretive, and no doubt abstemious, courtship, the two decided to get married. Before the big day arrived, Scanlon, who coworkers describe as a miserable wretch of a human being, got the hots for a manicurist and called the wedding off.

Of course pillow talk between Scanlon and Miller had included the exchange of enough information to send Scanlon away for a while. Unfortunately for untold others in DC, this got Scanlon to start talking and the ball rolling on what we're calling the Abramoff scandal but which, as happens with these soap operatic DC scandals, may go through several baptisms as bigger name fish fall. The DeLay Scandal anyone? The Ney Fray? (RawStory)

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